By Tuesday morning, there were no more secrets about Windows 11. Microsoft announced the release date for Windows 11 and confirmed the features that will be included. Android apps are not one of those features. Specifically, the blog post said that the feature will come to Windows Insiders in the coming months, which is exactly the terminology Microsoft used to describe the availability of the Android application in June, when the first preview of Windows 11 was released. .
When Microsoft announced Windows 11 earlier this year, it unveiled a number of exciting new features. For example, it comes with a new design, Snap Layouts, Teams Chat and more. But one of the coolest features of Windows 11 was that it would support Android Apps through the Amazon Appstore.
After the announcement, Teams Chat and Android application support was not in the original views. But while Teams Chat has been around for a while, Android apps aren’t there yet, and Microsoft today confirmed that the feature won’t be in Windows 11 at its launch either.
And while Microsoft has continually said it will bring support for Android apps to Windows 11 users later this year, it has remained silent on its details. And, yes, the Redmond company regularly says that it is continually bringing things out to users when in fact it means those evolutions are only coming to ‘Windows Insiders’, however misleading the information. The author of the article says that he had already heard from sources that the ‘Android applications’ in Windows 11 were delayed.
What I wasn’t sure (and still not sure, says the article’s author) is whether the delay comes from the development of the Windows subsystem for Android, or if it comes from the end of Amazon things like building and integrating the Appstore with the Microsoft Store. It is suspected to be the last, as it is no secret that Microsoft employees, who have been testing Android applications on their own devices for a long time.
There are some things that can happen here. Microsoft can wait until fall 2022 to release this feature. After all, Windows 11 is only updated once a year, unlike the semi-annual calendar that Windows 10 had. It is possible that the Redmond company will have the resource back as a big hero for the main update. It is also possible that Android application support will be provided as separate updates. The Windows for Android subsystem can be provided through Windows Update and the Amazon Appstore can be displayed in the Microsoft Store.
Either way, it looks like real Windows 11 users – meaning those who aren’t ‘beta testers’ – won’t see support for the Android app until next year. It’s bad news for those who were looking forward to it. After all, it means that to get it, you’ll have to commit to the Windows Insider Program, which could lead to a potentially unstable machine for an entire year until next year’s Windows 11 update. Or you could simply buy an Android tablet.